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A new report released Wednesday, Nov. 12, by the Annie E. Casey Foundation highlights the need to take a family-centered, two-generation approach to lifting children out of poverty. In North Carolina, 50 percent of all families with young children are lowincome, which has the potential to undermine healthy child development and North Carolina’s economic prosperity.

The KIDS COUNT policy report, “Creating Opportunity for Families: A Two-Generation Approach,” makes the case that public policymakers and the private sector must address the interrelated needs of parents and children to ensure their future success. According to the report, parents need tools and support to overcome obstacles like child care, housing, and, importantly, the stress of managing a family with insufficient resources.

“Children excel when they live in economically secure families with parents that have the support of a network of community resources,” stated Michelle Hughes, executive director of N.C. Child. “And thriving children result in a workforce that has the skills and education to compete in a global economy.”


In December 2012, Macon County Commissioners on behalf of the people of the county — the Cowee and Rose Creek communities particularly — entered into an agreement with the North Carolina Department of Transportation that would allow ownership of McCoy Bridge to be transferred to the county in the year 2020 and in the meantime, the DOT would inspect it and make sure the bridge was brought up to code.

This agreement came about when the DOT informed county officials that the bridge was set to be torn down and that a new one would be erected in its place. An outcry erupted from the community and after multiple public meetings, the DOT agreed to leave the bridge in place as a bike and pedestrian path...


N.C. law requires voters to vote in their proper precinct on Election Day

Submitted by Debbie George Board of Elections director

Voters planning to cast a ballot during the Tuesday, Nov. 4 election must do so at their assigned polling location. On the actual day of an election, North Carolina law requires voters to vote in their proper precinct based on the address where they have resided for at least 30 days before the date of the election. If you moved within your county and did not update your address by the voter registration deadline (Oct. 10, 2014), you may update your address and vote using one of the following methods: One-stop Absentee Voting (Early Voting) or Election Day voting.


The N.C. Department of Transportation is accepting proposals from communities for the 2015 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative. In its 10th year, the program provides funding for municipalities across the state to develop comprehensive bicycle and/or pedestrian plans. Smaller communities with populations of less than 5,000 are encouraged to apply, and also have the option to develop combined bicycle and pedestrian plans.

The deadline for applications is Friday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. All applications must be submitted electronically. Award recipients will be notified in June 2015.

“Comprehensive Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans have a positive impact on the economy, health and safety; and are the first steps in laying the groundwork for future projects that promote options for bicycling and walking locally,” said Lauren Blackburn, Director of the Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation.


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